A first, simple version of Adelbrecht was presented in 1985. Spanjaard chose the name 'Adelbrecht' because to him it had the connotation of 'stupid' and 'stubborn', which described the character the robot would display. Starting 1988, a second, more powerful version was developed. The successor was able to detect several different 'situations': rolling, bumping, being stuck, being petted etc. Moreover, Adelbrecht was now capable of displaying different states of nature: sleep or awake. Combined with variables nicknamed 'lust' and 'fatigue', the situations and states of nature enabled Adelbrecht to interact with, and respond to its immediate and past environment. In 1992 Adelbrecht received an honourable mentioning at the Prix Ars Electronica. Its last performance, planned at new years eve 2000, never took place because of serious hardware failure. From then on, Spanjaard proclaimed Adelbrecht a 'dead robot'.
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- Article by Dirk van Weelden in Mediamatic
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- Ars Electronica Linz, Honorable mentioning (1992)
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- Short bio of Martin Spanjaard at V2, Institute of the unstable media, the Netherlands
- Video registration at YouTube (3'40")